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April 23, 2018

Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* in case you missed it, an on-line fundraiser to send money directly to William and Nadine Messner-Loebs has been established. I hope that they get the cushion they need to live safely and securely, and this could help facilitate that. The previous gofundme for the longtime mainstream comics writer and one-time indie comics cartoonist, the one that went up right when the story was reported, was for a charitable group that was helping the comics pair and others. I also hope that someone from that group or from comics can step in and help the couple with advice and perspective; I suspect there are issues involved that an influx of money won't completely help. The best of luck to that talented man and his beloved partner, though; I hope all that can and are moved to do so will give generously.

* here's a prison librarian hoping for a GN and genre book build-up of their resources. No answer as of yet if they're accepting any comics an author wants to send or if it's preferred that it goes/has to go through the linked-to Amazon list. I worked with a prison library 100 years ago and things can be very specific.

* the ambitious campaign by Retrofit to fund 12 books at apprxoximately $3000 per book could use some definite help. I've seen bigger last week's but not a lot of them. I know at least three of these books will be swell and I'm sure others will, too. We need to have a talk at some point about our expectations regarding publisher-involved crowd-funders but I'm not sure how to facilitate that.

* finally, Sloane Leong is looking for help to get to Angouleme and participate in a residency. That would be nice to see happen.
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